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A Security Strategy for Remote Working: Data-Centric Audit & Protection

With increasingly more people working from home because of the ongoing Corona virus pandemic, a data-centric approach to cyber security has never been more relevant. However, let’s be clear, it is a shift that was going to happen regardless of the pandemic, and it’s one that we need to embrace. Allowing employees to work remotely is ultimately beneficial to all parties. However, some … [Read more...]

The Lepide Guide to FERPA Compliance

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a United States federal law that determines how educational information can be accessed. The law give parents access to their child’s education records, and more control over how their data can be disclosed. In most cases, the school is required to obtain consent from the parents before disclosing their child’s … [Read more...]

What is Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)?

Every time a company experiences a data breach, one of the first things they examine to identify the cause of the breach are the access controls. Having a robust system for controlling access to critical resources is a crucial part of any cyber-security defence strategy. Access control is achieved through two core concepts: authentication and authorization, which are used to determine that users … [Read more...]

15 Data Security Predictions for 2020

2019 will soon come to a close, and it was as eventful as ever. During the first half of the year we have already seen more than 4 billion records exposed, almost 4,000 data breaches made public and a rise of more than 50% in the number of reported breaches. It is time for us to speculate about what 2020 will bring, to help us stay ahead of the curve … Read more The post 15 Data Security … [Read more...]

5 Benefits of Using Encryption Technology for Data Protection

As data breaches continue to make the headlines, more businesses are looking towards encryption technologies to help them secure their critical assets, both at rest and in transit. What is Data Encryption? Data encryption is the method of translating data into another form or code so that access to the data is limited to only those with the correct decryption key (or password). Encrypted data, … [Read more...]

What is the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act)?

With the introduction of the GDPR, Europe showed the world that it was taking data privacy and data security laws seriously. Whatever your opinions are on the effects of the GDPR and how GDPR breaches are being handled, it can’t be denied that the thinking behind it is rational. It was only a matter of time before other countries followed suit. In the USA, there is still yet to be … Read … [Read more...]

Why It Pays to Monitor Your Employees

According to the 2019 Data Exposure Report (DER), commissioned and published by Code42, employees are still considered to be the #1 cause of data breaches. The survey was carried out by independent UK-based research group, Sapio Research, and included 1,028 IT security professionals and 615 business executives from companies across Europe and the United States. When questioned about whether they … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Managing Your Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Strategy

Data loss prevention (DLP) is a broad term that refers to a collection of techniques designed to prevent sensitive data either falling into the wrong hands or being corrupted in some way. Such techniques include controlling and monitoring access to sensitive data, and any devices/networks that store the data. While firewalls, IDPS and anti-virus solutions are useful for analysing and restricting … [Read more...]

10 Questions You Should Ask to Prevent A Data Breach

Almost 15 billion data records have been lost or stolen since 2013 – an issue that affects North America disproportionately more than other parts of the world. Should a company fall victim to an effective data breach, it could result in a loss of reputation, and could incur heavy financial losses. According to the 2019 Cost of a Data Breach Report by the Ponemon Institute, the global average cost … [Read more...]

The Cost of Data Breaches in 2019

What’s the cost of data breaches in 2019? Is the cost of data breaches increasing? These are not easy questions to answer, as the answer generally depends on what country and industry the breach occurs in. Recent figures suggest that the cost of data breaches in 2019 range from anywhere between $1.25 million to $8.19 million. Cybersecurity is a difficult topic to get accurate measurables for, … [Read more...]